Talk: Jason Brown on "Paranoid Machines"
Date: Saturday, 4 April, 7 pm - 9 pm
Place: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE. No RSVP necessary.
Organized by our friends who run Machine Projects in Los Angeles
Jason Brown's talk will examine contemporary gnostic mythologies of technology and paranoia, focusing on Vannevar Bush as a self-embodied allegorical emblem of information perversity. Bush's famed "memex" and the modern UFOs are both hypothetical machines—devices which use association and performativity to spin information out of noise. In modern techno-myths, this process is often represented as an alchemical self-destruction resulting in god-like power. Not coincidentally, all these issues are illustrated with disturbing density and prescience in the 1982 Disney film "Tron."